Wednesday, March 24, 2010

A long weekend

Mrs C and I will be spending this weekend in London with our
daughter L and her family … her partner J and her two little
children, Mini and Little D. We really looking forward to it,
and for me it will be a welcome break from the endless sorting
out of things here (mainly my own clutter), other jobs around
the house, and work for my local U3A.

J has a tiny laptop/ notebook which he takes to work with him,
so I will have no access to the internet for about 12 hours
on a weekday … which is not a bad thing, as I’ll spend more
time with the women and children instead. Being a
computer-addict, I’ll spend an hour or so getting my “fix”
around everyone’s bedtime.

The next few days are going to be cool and wet in London,
though we should see a little sunshine on Friday and Saturday.

An Englishman likes to know these things in advance, so he
can pack a brolly and take suitable attire with him, to match
the weather prospects. “Be Prepared” is the Boy Scouts motto,
which is something I’m fond of saying (jokingly) … though I
was never a boy scout. I never joined the Scouts as I didn’t
like the thought of having to attend church on Sundays, or
going on parades, though I would have liked learning how to
tie knots better, and to have earned some money for local
charities by doing “a bob a job”. Had I been bought up in
a more traditional family, I could well have signed up for
the Scouts (a junior version of officer training) leading
to a career in the Armed Forces or the Police Force perhaps.

As regards the latter, I was inspired as a kid by reading
the Sherlock Holmes stories to become a detective, and as a
teenager, watching the James Bond films, to become a
philandering spy and man of action.

Hmm … missed opportunities there … I blame the totally
inadequate careers advice we had at school,(though to be
honest I never had the intellect to be a top detective, or
the physique and the chat-up lines to be like James Bond).


Blogger Rog said...

Our careers advice teacher at school was the woodwork teacher.

He could have advised Roger Moore in his Bond acting techniques!

10:36 AM  
Blogger justin said...

Hi Rog, thanks for dropping in. Yes, RM's acting was said to be wooden, as was Lazenby's.

4:24 PM  
Blogger Keith said...

Talking of Scouts, I spent a few years as a leader training the little bastards good manners and how to survive in the rain forests.

One day a new recruit approached me and asked "When do we get our rifles Skip?". I told the snotty-nosed little erk that he was in the wrong lot; he should have joined the Girl Guides!

5:30 PM  
Blogger justin said...

Good grief, Keith ... Girl Guides with guns! That's news to me.

10:31 PM  

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